Despite the arrival of monsoon storms Tuesday, fire activity continued to be high around Southern Arizona.

In Santa Cruz County, authorities fought three separate brush fires that were sparked by lightning strikes. The fires burned near Patagonia, Elgin and along Arizona 82 near Milepost 36, authorities said.

They were mostly contained Tuesday evening, said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada.

Arizona 82 near Milepost 36 was closed in both directions to allow firefighters to work on that fire, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Residents in Patagonia were warned of possible evacuations, but there were no known evacuations.

Dos Cabezas WineWorks in Sonoita, however, was evacuated, according to its Facebook page.

Santa Cruz County received some rain and lightning on the east side of the county, he said.

Areas of Sierra Vista, where the Monument Fire is burning, also received some rain, officials said.

In the Coronado National Forest, another wildfire sparked Tuesday east of Mammoth. The Copper Creek Fire had burned 150 acres in the Galiuro Mountains, according to a National Forest news release.

Various resources, including two engines, five crews and four helicopters, were fighting the blaze, which was not contained.

The cause was under investigation. The fire is burning in grasses, brush, oak and juniper in rough terrain.

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com or 573-4115.

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